What we offer

Talk cancer event

Talk Cancer is a Cancer Research UK training programme created by nurses to help you feel confident talking to people about ways to reduce the risk of cancer, spotting cancer early and screening.Taking part in Talk Cancer will help you:

  • understand the key messages around cancer awareness
  • improve your confidence and ‘know how’ to make the most of your conversations
  • encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes, use local services and see their doctor with any concerns

We offer two types of training:

  1. Face-to-face workshops: for health and social care professionals and volunteers, available in the UK only.
  2. Online course: a more general introduction to cancer awareness suitable for anyone, whether your interest is personal or professional.

Talk Cancer workshops are hands-on, lively and practical training sessions, led by expert trainers with years of experience talking to the public. Trainees often tell us they’re surprised by how positive the workshops are, and how inspired they feel when they realise the difference they can make. Our workshop content is always backed up by the latest evidence around cancer prevention, early diagnosis and screening.

What workshops are available?


3 hours

20 ppl max

  • Cancer facts and myths
  • Reducing risk with healthier lifestyle
  • Importance of early diagnosis
  • NHS national cancer screening programmes
  • Tackling barriers, fear and fatalism

   3-hour workshop learning outcomes 

   Full-day workshop learning outcomes


Full day


90 mins

50 ppl max

Talk Cancer, tailored for pharmacy staff, plus:

  • Optimising cancer awareness in the pharmacy setting

   90-minute workshop learning outcomes

   3-hour workshop learning outcomes


3 hours

20 ppl max


Full day

16 ppl max

Concise version of Talk Cancer, plus:

  • Delivering a scripted cancer awareness presentation
  • Managing audience questions and discussion 

  Train the Presenter workshop learning outcomes


Who is it for?

Anyone who can promote health and wellbeing as part of their role, including but not limited to those working in the following areas, at all levels:

Pharmacy Nursing GP practices
Mental health Housing Social care
Public health Hospitals Radiology
Sexual health Community health Community volunteering
Physiotherapy Dentistry Occupational therapy

How does it work?

You can either book a workshop for a group or join a local workshop booked by a group as an individual. 

For groups, we have a limited number of free workshops available (funded by us). If your group is eligible for a funded workshop you can apply for one, or if you're not eligible for funding you can still book a workshop at a cost.

If you're attending as an individual, your place is free of charge.


What do our trainees think?

"I really enjoyed the informality of the day. It was helpful to be able to contribute with my opinions and chat with others" 
"The workshop gave me confidence in how to approach somebody sensitively and put the message across without making them feel uncomfortable" 



We want to help as many people as possible to feel confident talking about cancer and health no matter where they are. Our free online course, Talking About Cancer: Reducing Risk, Early Detection and Mythbusting, is based on the principles of our face-to-face workshops, and takes a more basic, universal approach to the essentials of the topic. 

What's the format?

You'll learn through videos, quizzes, articles, exercises, interactive discussion, and clips of role-played scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.

Who is it for? 

Anyone with an interest in talking about cancer, whether in a personal or professional context.

How does it work? 

  • You can join the course anytime you like, and do it at your own pace.
  • You'll have access to the course for 5 weeks after you start.
  • It takes around 3 hours, and works on mobile, tablet or desktop.
  • It's hosted by social learning platform FutureLearn.
  • The course is free of charge. You'll be given the option to 'upgrade' for a certificate valid for CPD and permanent access to the course for £42, but there's no obligation to purchase.


What do learners think?

"I believe passionately that a course like this, that encourages people to be open about health issues and points the way to reliable resources, can save lives"
"The course has surpassed my expectations not only for the valuable information related to cancer and awareness, also to the transferable ideas and tools provided…I feel much more confident in talking about cancer with others"


Contact the Talk Cancer team

Got questions? Chat to a member of the team.

020 3469 8111  


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